Tuesday, June 21, 2011

i1DisplayPro - will Xrite move from proofing to viewing ?

Regarding hardware, the instrument is a strong followup to i1Display 2, Xrite says it is designed to be future-proofed for wide-gamut displays. I like the sexy design, and the fact that clipping it on a laptop screen really works. A carry pouch is just about the only improvement I could suggest for the hardware :)

Regarding software, i1Display Pro offers a hodgepodge of new features, which may or may not be useful, but at least Xrite is making an effort to explore the spectrum of functions that a colorimeter can fulfill. The old model was to view a calibrator as something to effect "dumb" calibration for proofing use with a D50 lightbooth in a "perfect" controlled environment. At some point we will have to decisively break away from this model, because it simply doesn't reflect the real-world everyday usage of computer displays which have become ubiquituous. 

Technology has evolved, I believe the high-contrast wide-gamut display IS the image now, rather than just a proofing device for pale yellowish paper. Files posted on the web are mostly clipped to sRGB, but when every display goes wide-gamut we will certainly expect to see more colors in every Facebook image of a rainbow.


Cute, tiny Xrite Colorimeter released

Xrite has released the cute, tiny Xrite ColorMunki Display and i1 Display Pro; both are display profiling solutions that center around a very nice colorimeter  that looks like a toy searchlight:

In the above image, the ambient diffuser cover which can fit over the lens has been rotated down to act as a tabletop support for the unit, which can be aimed at a screen for projector profiling.

Fear not, the device fits very snugly even on a laptop display when hanging from its USB cord, I know because I was a beta-tester. The cord actually bears a sliding push-in adjustable counterweight aka retaining clip that hooks over the display edge, and works wonderfully on laptops. 

Depending on the version, the software for this unit has zilliions of new features, among which display uniformity testing, and building profiles that take ambient light levels and display flare into account.